Welcome. I have been wanting to do this for quite some time now and have just now gotten around to pulling something together. Over the next, well however many weeks, months or years, (however long the good Lord allows me to), I would like to share some things that the Lord has shown me in His word. I am in no way a scholar, teacher or preacher – just one man who loves Jesus and the Word of God.
My love for Scripture didn’t begin until I gave my heart and life to Jesus back in 2006 – I was 36 and it was during the last part of July / early August. I can’t tell you the day that I gave my heart to Christ but I can tell you the time I gave my heart to Him because, like II Cor. 5:17 says: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” and it was at this time that I became a new creature in Christ.
Anita and I had only been married a few months at this time and her dad had been sick with cancer for quite a long time and was coming near to the end of his journey. He and I had never really talked about Jesus, Salvation or anything “religious” but I did know that he was a Christian. Well, to make a long story short, during his final days here on this earth, I watched what the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:7 describes as “…the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” being lived out right before my eyes. I also knew (deep inside myself) that I didn’t have that peace – so, one day I knelt down at the foot of my bed and gave my heart to Jesus and asked Him to save me and to become my Lord. Now, little did I know how much that same peace that Paul talks about in Philippians 4:7 would be on display again, this time in my own life…
Fast forward 8 years and I am standing looking into the coffin of my only biological child… My son of almost 19 years was gone – he stepped out into eternity – and then all of a sudden that same peace that I had seen displayed when my father-n-law was nearing the end of his life was back, but this time when it was on display it was on and in me. I could feel it. I could see it. As strange as that sounds – I could see my own peace – the peace that Christ Jesus had promised me. He kept my heart & mind… WOW! How amazing is the peace of God – It does pass all understanding. I for one don’t understand it but I have experienced it, and from that moment on, my focus has been fixed on Jesus. I put the pain of losing a child up against the backdrop of the Cross of our Lord and it was amazing to see just how much Jesus kept & still is keeping my heart and mind. Am I heart-broken over the loss of my child? ABSOLUTELY! But, I can say that I honestly have peace.
Now, like I said, I was saved late July / early August 2006 and Jessie (my son) was saved October of that same year. He and I was doing a Bible study at home one Friday evening – we were studying in Genesis 3 – when he gave his heart and life to Christ. I know where he is and I know that I will see him again some day, but most importantly, I know I will see my Savior one day – when my time here is done…
This brings me to why I am now doing this. Since the passing of Jessie, the Lord has really been working with me. He has been showing me things in His word that, to put it simply – it’s amazing! I love Scripture and the more I read and study, the more I wanna read and study and the more in love with Jesus I fall. Imagine being married and never talking with your spouse. Imagine them never speaking with you. Imagine no holding hands, talking, looking into each others eyes. Imagine nothing!!! That is, to me, what it would be like to be a child of the King and to never pick up His Word. He has given us a book of Himself. It’s a love letter from the Great God Almighty! Imagine being a child of God and NEVER spending time with HIM!!! How lonely that must feel. How would you ever know how He feels about you? How? How would He know how you feel about Him? How? Spending time with the One you love is vital. It’s what strengthens. It’s what builds. When the foundation is laid, we must build upon that foundation. We must spend the time that is needed to build that relationship. If we don’t, our relationship with God will not deepen – it won’t develop – it won’t grow.
Many people say that scripture is nothing but a “book of rules”, a book of “thou shalt nots”. My answer to that is – do we love our children enough to tell them not to touch a hot stove eye? How about, do we love our children enough to teach them and tell them to stay out of the street? Those are two examples of “thou shalt nots”, they are just not written down in a book with the word Bible across the front. You see, our parenting is supposed to be modeled after the parenting of God. He calls us His children. We call Him Abba Father and He loves us enough to only want what’s best for us. Now, before you say it – when I say that God wants what is best for us, I am not talking about prosperity!!! Anyone who ever says that Christianity is all about having a good life and “become a Christian and all your troubles will be over” – HAS NEVER REALLY READ THE BIBLE. That garbage is not scripture. If someone says that being a Christian is all about happy days and money and wealth; those people need to take a trip to some of the slums of this world where missionaries are proclaiming the Word of God and people are being saved by the Grace of God and tell THEM that Christianity is all about health & wealth!
Ok, it seems as though I have been on a rant for the past few lines so, I’ll say God Bless you for now and will be posting some more in the very near future.